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Monday, November 4, 2013

Dorothy Parker's story writing process

"It takes me six months to do a story. I think it out and then write it sentence by sentence--no first draft. I can’t write five words but that I change seven."
-- Dorothy Parker in an interview with Paris Review

I have to agree with her on this one.  Her verse has charm (see the justly famous verse "Resumé"--charm:  suicide is an annoyance, so that's why you should live), but they rarely rise above what they are.  Her little narratives, though, can have a powerful punch.

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